Anderson Detector Shafts Travel Lower Rod - Carbon Fiber (Minelab CTX-3030)
Detachable and Perfect for On the Go. A Replacement Part for the Lower Rod that Comes with the Minelab CTX-3030 Metal Detector
A Replacement Part for the Lower Rod that Comes with the Minelab CTX-3030 metal detector. An extra lower rod is perfect when used with alternate search coils. Attach the lower rod to each additional search coil and ease your way into more finds! Highly recommended to always have as a spare if the original rod breaks. Dimensions: Each part is 17.5x1". When assembled, the lower rod is approximately 34" long.
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Review by Bryan on December 28, 2018I purchased the Anderson travel shaft for the CTX because I wanted to be able to pack my machine into my hiking backpack to get to sites off the beaten path where it would be too cumbersome to hand-carry the machine in on a long hike. I have had the opportunity to use it several times in the past year and I feel like I am able to provide you all an informed review.
First, I am impressed with how well built the carbon fiber shaft is. I am also happy with how it was packaged and the instructions were easy to follow. The Anderson coil shims are great and help keep your coil securely mounted to the shaft. The coil cable was mildly difficult to thread through the two parts of the shaft, however. The cable is particularly difficult to pop through the upper end of the shaft to connect it to the CTX. You have to push down on it near the coil and fish it out unless you tie a string and fishing weight on the end to make it easy (recommended).
The first issue I found was that the Anderson travel shaft does not turn easily inside of the CTX upper shaft with the cam UNLOCKED. With both parts of the travel shaft fastened and the shaft mounted in the upper CTX shaft, the travel shaft locks with the coil skewed to the left (which makes your control screen skewed to the right of the coil). This makes your machine off-center, and is difficult for a right-handed person like myself. With the cam UNLOCKED, you cannot turn the travel shaft to suit your coil to your preferred angle.
Another thing that I do not like about the Anderson travel shaft is that the screw connection for the two pieces is not tight. It moves easily when you operate the machine. If you are swinging low on uneven ground, your coil tilts. If you hit a log or rock, your coil tilts. When you set your machine down horizontal on the ground, you guessed it, your coil tilts.
The positive attribute for the Anderson travel shaft is that it is portable and easy to stow in a hiking pack or a carry-on bag. To their credit, the instructions do indicate that this shaft is not for daily use and should be used only for travel purposes. For someone who intends to fly with their CTX or backpack with it, then the Anderson travel shaft may be of use. However, I believe that the looseness of the screw connection and the tightness of the shaft in the CTX upper shaft is greater than the utility of easy travel that the shaft provides. In my opinion, the Anderson travel shaft is not worth the price tag and I do not recommend it. If I could return it, I would. Anderson does make some wonderful products (their regular CTX shaft is great) but the CTX travel shaft is NOT one of them.
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